The coffee plant was first discovered in the 11th century in Ethiopia and its leaves were first thought to have medicinal properties. With fruit that looks like cherries and white blossom leaves smelling like jasmine, it’s easy to see why it was believed to be a “magical fruit.” Coffee then spread to Yemen, which offered the perfect conditions for growing coffee and they also boiled the leaves in water for 300 years. In 1555, Istanbul was introduced to it where they invented a new method of drinking it by roasting the bean, grinding it up and slowly cook it with water.
It is believed that coffee beans were smuggled out of the Middle East in 1670 by Baba Budan. Strapping coffee seeds to his chest, he then planted them in Mysore. It soon spread to Italy. The aroma of this new method quickly spread to the rest of Europe and then, the rest of the world.
A Taste of the Bean: Some Different Recipes to Try at Home
Hot Buttered Toffee Coffee
- Coffee Mocha Ice Cream – 4 oz.
- Hot coffee – 6 oz.
- Butterscotch for topping – 2 Tablespoons
- Almond Liqueur – 2 Teaspoons
- Whipped Cream for topping
- Toffee or chopped Chocolate-Toffee bar – 1 Tablespoon
- Place some ice cream into a large mug of your choice.
- Pour coffee, almond liqueur and butterscotch over it.
- Add some whipped cream and your chopped toffee or chocolate covered toffee bits.
- Coarsely grounded coffee beans – 3 tablespoons.
- Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon.
- Ground nutmeg – ¼ of a teaspoon.
- Ground ginger – ½ of a teaspoon.
- Ground allspice – 1/8 of a teaspoon.
- Molasses – 1 tablespoon.
- Warm milk
- Water (boiled, of course).
- Adding everything but milk and water into a press pot, you then add the boiling water.
- Stir with a wooden spoon handle.
- Brew for 4 minutes with lid on.
- Pour coffee into a large cup and add your warm milk.
If made using a drip coffee method, brew the coffee, add in the spices and molasses, stir and strain into a cup, adding milk. Yum, just like gingerbread men!
Facts Off the Bean
- While petroleum is the first most valuable traded commodity in the world, coffee is the second.
- Starbucks has more caffeine in their coffees than energy drinks do.
- It is most effective between 9:30 and 11:30 am – I guess we could all have figured that one out.
- Every day about 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world!
- Cat Café – a coffee shop in Japan that lets you enjoy your delicious drink surrounded by cute cats.
- They aren’t beans but fruit pips.
- In 1910, George Washington (not the famous one), invented instant coffee (maybe he should be the famous one).
- Drinking a cup helps with blood flow.
- In the U.S, New York drinks the most coffee – almost 7 times as much as the other cities. But the Netherlands is the largest per capita coffee consumer.
- It is Arabic for, “wine of the bean.”
The perfect cup of java according to professional tasters (nicknamed expert cuppers) say there are four items that make a perfect cup – body, aroma, acidity, and flavor. So, whatever your coffee of choice, be it Americano, Dark, hot or cold, with sugar or cream, we hope you have your finest cup on National Coffee Day.